March 18, 2014 |
JALEN HERDSMAN might not be much of a bowler, but that doesn't mean his work between the lanes didn't help his skills on the court for La Salle High. Well, indirectly anyway. High school basketball can become a grind after hours of schoolwork during the day followed by hours of practice in the evening and gobs of homework at night. And then - lather, rinse, repeat - for months. With that in mind, it may seem peculiar for Herdsman and La Salle to have appeared so energized in Saturday's PIAA quarterfinal win against Lower Merion, which had previously vanquished District 12 top-seed Roman Catholic.
February 23, 2014 |
Certain stereotypes are easy to dispel. Like the one about how girls can't play basketball. That's one Bernie Hynson had heard before he took over the Woodrow Wilson girls' team three years ago. He hadn't spent much time around the girls' game, and he didn't know exactly what to expect. But it took about 30 seconds of watching Chanelle Perry on a court to realize that, yes, girls can play basketball - and well, too. Even today, when Hynson looks at Perry, he sees a woman who breaks the mold, and not just on the court.
February 6, 2014 |
AT 6-8, TYERE MARSHALL might seem a surprising underdog. That is until you find out the Roxborough High junior big man is playing his first season of high school basketball. Yesterday, Marshall's 17 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks helped the host, sixth-seeded Indians (12-10, 10-3) smack 11th-seeded Masterman, 67-47, in the Public League (Class AA) preliminary playoffs. Roxborough will play at High School of the Future tomorrow at 3:15. So, why did the Germantown resident suddenly decide to get into the game?
January 21, 2014 |
COMCAST SPORTSNET will welcome a new face at the end of the month as Jen Daniels joins the team. Daniels' most recent stint as a sports reporter was at the ABC affiliate in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., but her gig at Comcast SportsNet is a homecoming of sorts. Daniels hails from Brigantine, N.J., where she was a basketball star in her own right, making Sports Illustrated 's Faces in the Crowd section as an eighth-grader at Brigantine North Middle School, and achieving basketball stardom at Holy Spirit High School in Absecon, N.J. She attended George Mason University on a full athletic scholarship.
July 11, 2013 |
SOME OF THE best high school basketball players in the country will assemble at Philadelphia University today for the start of Reebok Classic Breakout camp. Players will participate in the 3-day event to showcase their skills and boost their recruiting stock to a number of college coaches. Four players from the Philadelphia area are among the 100 players at this year's camp. Senior Rashaan Armstead-Holloway, from Schalick High in Elmer, N.J., has offers from Drexel, La Salle and Temple.
May 4, 2013 |
Brian Smith sincerely believes that basketball is a means for inner-city children to gain positive opportunities out in the world. And he would do just about anything he could to bring awareness to that ideal. How about dribbling a basketball 10 miles? Smith, 27, a basketball trainer and instructor from North Philadelphia, will participate in Sunday's Broad Street Run and plans to dribble a basketball for the entire 10-mile route, from Fisher Avenue to the Philadelphia Navy Yard.
March 16, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Jack Curran spent more than five decades compiling one of the best records in high school basketball and baseball. When former players, opponents, and those close to high school sports spoke of him upon learning of his death Thursday at 82, wins and titles didn't matter. They all spoke of the coach who spent the last half-century helping players - and not just those at New York's Archbishop Molloy, his school - get scholarships to college. "He was one of the true saints in scholastic sports," said Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame coach Lou Carnesecca, whom Mr. Curran succeeded at Molloy.
February 21, 2013 |
Spotlight on: Gloucester Catholic freshman Maggie McIntyre Mikila Stefanski had sunk her previous two half-court shots. And watching her step up for a third try, Maggie McIntyre said, was about the most nerve-racking part of the South Jersey Invitational Basketball Tournament's three-point contest. "I could hardly watch," said McIntyre, a Gloucester Catholic freshman. After making the improbable shot in the quarterfinals and semifinals, Stefanski, a Cedar Creek junior, rimmed out what would have been the winner in the contest's championship pairing.
February 15, 2013 |
JUST ABOUT everything everybody thinks they know about college basketball players is wrong. There is this perception, especially from a school's fans, that the players are robots, totally dedicated to basketball and schoolwork. Once that scholarship is accepted, it is somehow assumed that human emotion is laid aside for 4 years while pursuing victories and tournament berths. They see a player in uniform on a court. They don't see the person behind the uniform away from the court.
January 18, 2013 |
IT WAS a love fest from start to finish. Many former Monsignor Bonner High School basketball players, students and friends turned out Dec. 16 to pay homage to longtime Bonner basketball coach, Richard A. "Dick" Bernhart, on the occasion of his 75th birthday. The party was held in McGillicuddy's restaurant, in Upper Darby, and Dick was driven there from his home in Frostburg, Md., by a young friend, Taylor Betts. Three days later, Dick Bernhart was dead. He died in his home in Frostburg of natural causes, no doubt with the many accolades he heard at the party still ringing in his ears.